University Human Resources
May 4 , 2007
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Update on U-M health plan offerings in 2008
The text below was emailed to U-M faculty and staff on April 30, 2007 and mailed to the U-M retiree community.
Preparations for the array of health plans to be offered in 2008 began almost immediately after the late-2006 close of the sale of M-CARE to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its subsidiary, Blue Care Network of Michigan.
Coverage under the University’s M-CARE plans will come to an end on Dec. 31. The University continues its commitment to providing high-quality and comprehensive health benefits in its 2008 plan choices.
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The James T. Neubacher Award Call for Nominations
Each October, during Investing in Ability Week, the James T. Neubacher Award is presented to a faculty or staff member, student, or alumna/alumnus for significant achievements in
- promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities,
- advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities, or
- removing barriers to full participation in programs and services for people with disabilities.
Established by the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns in October 1990, the Award is a memorial to Jim Neubacher, an alumnus of the University. Jim was also a columnist for The Detroit Free Press and an advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Award includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President. The deadline for nomination submission is May 15, 2007.
More information and nomination forms are available at www.umich.edu/~hraa/neubacher or by calling Anna Ercoli Schnitzer at 734.936.1402.
Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity.
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Towsley Children's House slated for construction
The Board of Regents approved a proposal to replace the Towsley Center for Children with a new facility that will increase the University’s capacity for child care.
The new building will be located within the same footprint as the current Towsley Center on S. Forest and will combine the U-M Children’s Center for Working Families (UMCCWF) and Pound House — both built before 1915 — into a single new center, tentatively called the Towsley Children’s House.
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Rx Information for Summer Travelers
There are more then 48,000 pharmacies nationwide that accept the University of Michigan/SXC prescription drug plan card.
To find a network pharmacy near you, ask the pharmacist or go to https://umi.rxportal.sxc.com and click on "The Pharmacy Locator."
Planning to travel overseas?
If you routinely take a medication, call the Benefits Office before you leave for a "vacation override."
Please allow a week to process an overseas vacation override locally. Allow three weeks for a vacation override at Walgreens Mail Service.
If you need an emergency prescription medication filled while you are overseas, pay cash for the medication and file a "Foreign Claim" with SXC.
The Foreign Claim form is found on the UM Benefits Office Website at www.umich.edu/~benefits/forms/drugs.htm.
SXC member services can assist you and your pharmacy with prescription questions. Call SXC toll-free at 1-866-715-0874. Outside the United States and Canada, call SXC at 630-577-3100.
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National Employee Heath and Fitness Day Events
May 16 is National Employee Health & Fitness Day (NEHFD), an annual national health observance created to promote the benefits of physical activity for individuals through their work site health promotion activities. Founded in 1989 NEHFD has enlisted tens of thousands of participants around the world.
Consider taking an active part in one of the following campus-area walks in honor of NEHFD:
May 16 Walks
- NCRB, noon
- Elbel field, noon
- Rackham Building, noon
- Wolverine Tower, noon
- UMHS Link (Triangle), 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 9 p.m.
- MFit/MWorks (2850 S. Industrial), noon at the flagpole
- North Campus Administrative Complex, 11 a.m., lobby
- Livonia Specialty Center, noon, circle drive
near patient drop-off
May 17 Walk
- Flint Happenings Room, 11:30 a.m.
June 1 Walk
- Dearborn Campus Walk, 11:30 a.m.
For more information contact:
American Heart Association Spring Heart Walk on June 2
The 2007 American Heart Association Start! Heart Walk will be held at Washtenaw Community College on June 2.
The Walk coincides with the opening of the new U-M Cardiovascular Center on June 11. Select either the 1-1/2 or 3 mile route and enjoy music, food, fun and healthy activities!
Visit the Washtenaw County Start! Heart Walk website to register today: www.heartwalk.kintera.org/washtenaw
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Fidelity Investments: Look Forward with Confidence to Retirement Day
Knowing you can reach your retirement goals. That’s retirement readiness. And you can begin taking the steps to achieve your goals when you meet with a Fidelity Retirement Counselor. These sessions are designed to help you become better informed and more confident in planning for your retirement.
Please join Fidelity Investments for a confidential consultation. You will learn about investing for retirement and get a better understanding of the steps you can take to ensure your retirement readiness.
Consultations are conducted at:
- Michigan Union
- Michigan League
- Medical Professional Building
- Medical Inn Building
- North Campus-Pierpont Commons
- University Hospital
- Flint Campus
- Dearborn Campus
To schedule your confidential consultation call
1-800-642-7131, Monday – Friday, 8:00AM-midnight, ET, or reserve your space at: http://www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservation
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Get More Help on Your Retirement Plans – Anytime – with TIAA-CREF
TIAA-CREF has a consultant who is available to meet with you individually to discuss your investments needs and to conduct retirement planning workshops at many different U-M locations including Main Campus, Medical Campus, Flint and Dearborn. To view upcoming dates and locations and to register for an appointment or seminar, please click here http://www.tiaa-cref.org/umich or call our Ann Arbor office at 866 842-2949, extension 6804.
Two of the more popular Financial Education Seminars (Pre-retirement and SRA/IRA) created specifically for U-M employees continue to be available for viewing 24/7 by clicking here: U-M Web Presentations http://www.umich.edu/~benefits/tiaa-cref .
On the Phone
You can talk to a TIAA-CREF representative about investment choices, income options, pre-retirement illustrations and other ways to help get the most from your retirement plan, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at 800 842-2776.
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